Jemima Kirke

by follers on January 25, 2014

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Birth Name: Jemima Jo M. Kirke

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: April 26, 1985

*English, Scottish (father)
*Iraqi Jewish (maternal grandfather)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother)

Jemima Kirke is a British-born actress and artist. She is the daughter of Lorraine (Dellal) and musician Simon Kirke. Her sister is actress Lola Kirke.

Her father has English and Scottish ancestry. Her mother is of half Iraqi Jewish and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Jemima is married to Michael Mosberg (who is also Jewish).

On her father’s side, Jemima is the granddaughter of Vivian Percy Ughtred Kirke (the son of Percy St George Kirke and Alice Gertrude Gibson-Craig) and Olive May Pollard. Jemima’s great-grandfather Percy was the son of St. George Mervyn Kirke and Sarah Elizabeth Werge Howey. Alice was born in Riccarton, Midlothian, Scotland, the daughter of James Henry Gibson-Craig, 3rd Bart of Riccarton, and of Julia Buchanan.

On her mother’s side, Jemima is the granddaughter of Jack Dellal (the son of Salomon/Selman Dellal and Charlotte Salha Shashoua) and Zehava Helmer. Jack was born in London, England, to Iraqi Jewish parents, who were born in Baghdad. Salomon was the son of Aboudi Dellal and Emy Rahma Elbeg. Charlotte was the daughter of Jacob Shashoua and Aziza Badnani. Jemima’s grandmother Zehava was an Israeli, likely of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Jemima Kirke –

Genealogy of Jemima’s maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal –

Obituary of Jemima’s maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal –

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

cwm85 September 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

European, Jewish, Middle Eastern… a lot going on.

Gurrl February 5, 2014 at 2:00 am

Pretty. Iraqi Jews are Middle Eastern/Mizrahi right?

sarahle June 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

geographically yes, but Iraqi Jews consider themselves as Sephardim following Sephardi Jewish traditions.

follers September 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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